Lyon-based outlet Le Progrès report that defender Marcelo’s demotion to the Lyon reserve team and imminent contract termination are down to an altercation with winger Maxwel Cornet.
After the 3-0 loss to Angers at the weekend, there had reportedly been heated arguments between the players in the dressing room. In particular, an altercation took place between Marcelo and Cornet where the centre-back had criticised the Ivorian for his sending off – Le Progrès add that these reports have not been confirmed by the club itself.
This would consitute the “inappropriate conduct” Lyon mentioned in yesterday’s statement announcing Marcelo’s removal from first-team training.
Marcelo has also been the main focus of criticism following his performances in the first two games of the season, where the 34-year-old has looked off the pace despite being one of last year’s key performers and renewing his contract in March. With new manager Peter Bosz looking to play a high line in defence, Marcelo’s lack of pace appears to be an issue, beyond the apparent attitude issues.